• LUNCH & LEARN: Salary Negotiation for Women in Tech

    Vintage Brewing Co. Madison

    Former WiT organizer Ashley Quinto Powell will empower you to recognize your worth and learn how to have hard discussions. She gives "the talk" on salary negotiations in hopes that more women will move toward a breadwinning salary. We may be savvy developers, but we don’t always know how to approach a negotiating table. We aren’t sure what we should ask for or how we should ask for it - and overwhelmingly, we just don’t ask for more than we’re offered. Ashley will share stories and valuable insight from years of experience negotiating with consultants on behalf of clients, with clients on behalf of the company, with employees and for herself to help you gain a competitive edge. TAKEAWAYS Walk away with tools to understand your value in the marketplace, have some techniques to get what you deserve, and the guts to go do it! HOW TO FIND US We have the John Wayne room reserved, starting at 11:30am. Arrive anytime between 11:30 and 11:50 to get settled and order lunch; Ashley's presentation will start promptly at noon. LUNCH The luncheon buffet will be $18.84 (includes tip and tax - drinks not included but will be available for purchase) and includes the following: A variety of bread and rolls served with sliced cheese, deli meats, chicken salad, and tuna salad. Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayonnaise, and mustard Sides: pub chips with French onion dip, traditional dinner salad with ranch and western dressings and pasta salad Please send your $18.84 payment via https://www.paypal.me/madisonwit. You can pay day of but it would be great if we could get a final headcount by 9 AM on Monday, April 22nd. HOW TO GET THERE Vintage Brewing is an accessible building; there's a large parking lot, and for busing, it's about a block from West Transfer Point. ABOUT ASHLEY Ashley Quinto Powell is the Director of Business Development at Table XI. She speaks nationally on salary negotiation — most recently at Disrupt Madison and General Assembly Chicago — and she supports women in business through formal and informal mentorship communities. Quinto Powell is the founder of The Madison Bossy and The Chicago Boss, a community of women actively advancing their careers while raising children. Ashley sits on the leadership committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year campaign and serves on the Board of Directors of the Children's Theater of Madison. She has been named a Brava Woman to Watch, an InBusiness Magazine 40 Under 40 and a 2018 Athena Award nominee. She has been quoted in MSNMoney.com and the Huffington Post and is the subject of a children's book, "She's a Technology Sales Executive and She's My Mom". She lives in Madison with her husband and two children.

  • VR TALK: 'Breaking Boundaries' in STEM with Jennifer Javornik of Filament Games

    Join us on May 1st for an encore presentation of Jennifer Javornik's Grace Hopper Celebration 2018 talk: "Taking Grace Hopper Digital: Designing VR Experiences with Real-World Impact". Learn more about the virtual reality game "Breaking Boundaries in Science" (http://www.filamentgames.com/breaking-boundaries-in-science), an immersive mobile VR app that celebrates some of history’s most influential women in science: Grace Hopper, Marie Curie, and Jane Goodall. Drawing from primary sources, Breaking Boundaries elevates these women’s stories in contemporary media, emphasizing biographical details like their work environments and personal artifacts in order to fully flesh out the player’s understanding of their lives and achievements. The game even features the voice talent of Dr. Jane Goodall herself! AGENDA: Networking at 6:15pm, followed by the presentation at 6:30. Afterwards, we'll raffle off a Grace Hopper Celebration travel mug and get hands on time with a demo of the Breaking Boundaries experience!! ABOUT JENNIFER: Jennifer Javornik is the vice president of sales at Filament Games (http://www.filamentgames.com/) in Madison and the director of the Wisconsin Games Alliance (http://www.wisconsingamesalliance.com/). A former improv comedian, she is also the author of The STEM Mom Series, books for children featuring the lives of moms with STEM careers. PARKING: Parking is available in the brand new Livingston Street Ramp behind the building, or there are several bus lines that run down and drop off on E. Wash. Thanks to DreamBank for the coffee, tea and water!

  • SOCIAL: Right Bauer Brewing

    Right Bauer Brewing

    Join us at Right Bauer brewing (Sun Praire's first brewery!) for happy hour! Right Bauer brewing is a brewpub that has a rotating tap list of 15 options (one of them is always kombucha), they make craft cocktails and supply a selection of artisan sodas. They also specialize in southern style bbq and hand dipped beer battered cheese curds (YUM!). There is no cost to attend, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Every age is welcome along with friends and partners.

  • Personal Branding with Sarah Best

    StartingBlock Madison

    Join us for a conversation about personal branding with social media and digital marketing expert Sarah Best, CEO of Sarah Best Strategy. As developers do we even need to care about a “brand”? What does branding even mean, and how can we leverage branding techniques to advance in our careers into roles that we’d like? We will discuss personal branding in the context of being focused and being authentic, and being focused means that we’ll also be doing this work in a time-efficient manner so that you can focus on the things that really matter to you, while keeping your future career moves in mind. We’ll also emphasize techniques that build community. ABOUT SARAH BEST Sarah Best is the CEO + Chief Strategist of Sarah Best Strategy (http://www.sarahbeststrategy.com), a company that is empowering people and companies to shine in the digital space, in the service of creating happier, healthier, and more inclusive communities. We work with national and regional nonprofits, Fortune 100 Companies, and small to mid-sized businesses. Sarah has won eight awards for her work including best use of a social media platform from Travel + Leisure. Her work has been featured in Mashable, TechCrunch, Crain's Chicago Business, National Geographic Traveler, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She was tapped to speak at Social Media Week for the MacArthur Foundation, has been selected twice for SXSW in 2014 and 2018, and is a US Travel Association conference speaker. She is an alumna of New York University, a Rotarian, and a board member of several nonprofits.

  • DROP IN: Level up your resume and LinkedIn profile!

    We're super excited to co-host this workshop with women's empowerment nonprofit Building Brave (http://buildingbrave.org) and location sponsor 100State (http://100state.com)! We're currently looking for a sponsor for breakfast pastries and coffee - email us at [masked] if your company is interested! ABOUT Looking for your next job, or just interested in leveling up your application materials for future job searches? Stop by between 9:30 and 12pm to get 1-on-1 advice on your resume and LinkedIn profile from tech industry leaders and hiring professionals. At this point, help will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but depending on interest, we may switch to a more appointment-like structure. Interested in volunteering as a mentor? Hit us up at [masked]! TRANSPORTATION & ACCESSIBILITY 100State is located near numerous bus lines; street parking and multiple parking garages are also located nearby, including the Overture Center Garage. The building is accessible. Children are welcome; we won't have childcare, but will provide coloring books and markers.